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Mineral Products Association

Drivers Handbook

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MPA Drivers Handbook


This handbook has been jointly developed by the members of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Transport Committee and Health and Safety Committee, as a tool for working drivers to help them understand and manage the risks that they face and create when driving and operating vehicles for work. It will help people make safer choices about the way they drive and behave around vehicles.

This is a guidance document, but using the information given should help you to comply with your statutory duties in respect of safe driving and work practices. The document is not exhaustive and provides information, in no particular order, on the main risks that working drivers may encounter, as part of their everyday working lives in our industry relevant to the type of vehicle that they drive and operate.

All information contained in this document is accurate at the time of publication (June 2016). It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure they update themselves regularly on any changes to Road Traffic or Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation relevant to their duties.

More detailed information on general road and workplace health and safety can be found in the appendices at the rear of this document.

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Driving and operating large goods vehicles (LGVs) is a critical, if often under-recognised, part of the minerals products industry. The industry loads, transports and delivers over 200 million tonnes of materials by road every year and this supply is essential for the development of the UKs infrastructure and built environment.

Driving and operating LGVs is one of the most dangerous activities that people undertake. Every year in the UK many people are killed and seriously injured while driving for work. Indeed over 50% of the lost time incidents reported to MPA involve our drivers, sadly including an unacceptable number of fatal incidents.

All of these incidents are preventable!

The purpose of the Drivers Handbook is to make LGV drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage the risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours. In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.

This handbook will help you work with your employer to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself and other people when driving for work. It should be used with your employers driving for work policies and procedures.


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Contents2 Acknowledgement 3 Introduction 6 Code of Conduct 8 Driver Training and Skills Card 10 FORS/CLOCS (or equivalent)14 Drivers Section 16 Cab Safety 17 Drivers Behaviour23 Drivers Hours24 Drugs and Alcohol at Work 26 Smoking at Work 28 Eligibility to Drive 29 Fitness and Health 30 In Cab Safety 32 PPE for all Drivers34 Speed Campaigns35 Speed Limits36 Vehicles Section 38 Common Standard for Aggregates and Asphalts Tipper Vehicles 40 Common Standard for Bulk Powder Vehicles 42 Common Standard for Mixers 44 Common Standard for Flatbed, Crane and Curtain Sided Vehicles 46 Vehicle Standards50 Vehicle Breakdowns51 Vehicles Inspection 52 Vehicle Repairs 54 Vehicle Tailgates55 Vehicle Chutes 56 Volumetric Trucks58 Walking Floors 60 Site Operations 61 Arrival on Site - Site Induction 62 Arrival on Site - Site Facilities 64 Accident Reporting and Management

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Contents66 Access Egress into Vehicle Cabs 68 Sheeting and Un-Sheeting 69 Access and Egress onto the Back of Vehicles 70 Cleaning Out71 Banksman/Observers72 Chute Work 74 Safe Loading and Unloading 76 Loading and Tipping Operations 78 Safe Loading and Unloading Bulk

Powder Tankers 82 Load Security (Curtain Sider, Low Loader, Crane Lorry, Flatbed) 83 Loading Procedures on Building Product Sites 84 DVSA - Load Security Enforcement Matrix 86 Contracting Load Security Operating Procedure 89 Fork-lift trucks/Mobile Plant 90 Overturns - Vehicle Exclusion Zone Guidance92 Truck Mixer on Highway Stability 93 Overhead Obstructions 94 Overturns - All Vehicles 96 Use of Release Agents 100 Safe Access and Safe Cleaning of Drums 104 Safe Addition of Fibres and Additives 106 Safe Vehicle Cleaning Using Acid 108 Addax (or equivalent system) 110 Reference 111 Website Links 112 Driver Details 113 Site Induction Record 115 Receipt of issue (to be removed) 116 Notes

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Code of ConductProfessional Driver

I agree to adopt this code of conduct. I accept that as a professional driver I have responsibilities under both chain of responsibility and Health and Safety (H&S) legislation to maintain my fitness for duty and not accept unsafe practices or breaches of the law. I share the road with other road users to improve community safety.

1. I recognise and accept my obligations as a professional driver.

4DO - Ensure you conduct yourself in a polite and considerate manner at all times as an ambassador for the industry and your company

4DO - Ensure you drive with consideration for all road users and pedestrians. 4DO - Support safety within the workplace 4DO - Actively support this code and promote it to other drivers 4DO - Encourage safety on the road 4DO - Maintain your professional knowledge through Driver Certificate of

Professional Competence (DCPC) and recognised industry schemes.

2. I undertake to comply with all road laws, and be considerate of others by:

4DO - Be professional at all times 4DO - Ensure youre fit for duty alert, healthy and prepared for the driving task 4DO - Observe speed limits and seat belt laws 4DO - Observe working time regulations and Rules on Drivers Hours

and Tachographs

4DO - Observe drug and alcohol laws 4DO - Leave a safe distance between other vehicles 4DO - Travel in left lanes unless overtaking 4DO - Adopt a considerate driving style, reducing noise when operating

in a built up area

4DO - Obey all other laws and operate to The Highway Code.

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Code of Conduct

Code of ConductProfessional Driver

3. I support the introduction of company Safe Systems of Work that include practices and procedures to reduce the risk of injury or death at our own and customer locations.

4. I take pride in my vehicle and conduct regular checks to ensure my vehicle and the load remains in a safe condition.

5. I understand that driver distraction is a risk and I will reduce this:

4DO - Avoid using mobile phones, two way radios or other forms of communication whilst the vehicle is moving in accordance with company rules

4DO - Fully prepare for any journey to avoid being distracted when driving.

6. I actively support this code of conduct for the purpose of promoting compliance with laws and promoting safe behaviour, within the workplace and on the road.

7. I undertake to actively participate through my Health and Safety representatives and managers to commit to industry codes of conduct, codes of practice and safety guidelines found in this handbook.

Company: .............................................................................................................................................

Print Name: ............................................................ Signature: ........................................................

Date: ........................................................

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Driver Training and Skill CardsDriver License

All drivers who operate on behalf of an MPA member must hold the appropriate licence and a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and hauliers must have a robust system in place to check drivers licences at least every 6 months.

Drivers must have a current licence for the class of vehicle being driven

The license must have an up to date address

Drivers may be asked to produce their license when operating on MPA member sites

Drivers must present other cards such as Drivers Skills Cards (DSC) on request.

Legal Requirements

The holder of a license must produce it on request to a police officer or traffic examiner. If the license cannot be produced at the time of request, it must be produced to:

The Police at a Police Station of the drivers choice within 7 days

Traffic Examiner at the Traffic Area Office within 10 days.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify your manager immediately of any endorsements placed on your driving license.

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Driver Training and Skill Cards

Driver Training and Skill CardsTraining

All operators of crane lorry loaders must have completed industry approved training and been awarded the appropriate certification to operate the lifting equipment. There is a choice of registered bodies that have Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recognition of this training.

Construction Industry Training Board

All courses should be accredited to JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit

For Periodic Training).

The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers

and Importers

National Plant Op